The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 7/30/2010
by Catherine Shteynberg on July 30, 2010
- Help the Smithsonian ID a Houston city marshal from the 1870s in the picture on the right.
- The extremely flammable nitrocellulose film used before 1951 led to an estimated 80 percent of silent films being destroyed by fire. Now a site called Lost Films is working with museums and the public with a Wiki approach to ID unidentified films that have been found. [via Slate.com]
- What do you do when you have too much paper, but too little time? A new Facebook page run by records management folks gives lots of advice. [via Jennifer Wright, SIA]
- A speech recognition software company has compiled a huge archive of human voices and speech patterns in order to improve the accuracy of their product. [via Marvin Heiferman, SIA]
- Think living in a museum would be cool? Our own historian, Pam Henson, dishes on two former National Museum of Natural History employees who made the museum their home!
- The Smithsonian’s collections search center, collections.si.edu, is now smart phone friendly, so you can browse away on the go!
- Was anyone else an Egyptology-obsessed little kid like me? Well, get excited: an archive of “wondrous things,” from Tutankhamun’s tomb excavated by archaeologist Howard Carter, is nearing completion online. Read more about the project at The Guardian.
- The British Monarchy now have their own Flickr stream.
- You probably know of our love of brave female scientists. So, I was thrilled to see the National Archives’ (a wonderful place, but not to be confused with the Smithsonian Institution Archives :) ) magazine feature and related YouTube videos which include this 1920s video of little-known Arctic explorer Louise Boyd:
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